How Facelift Recovery can be Faster, Without Compromising Results or Longevity

how long does facelift recovery last the facelift has been the gold standard in cosmetic surgery for surgical facial rejuvenation to address sagging cheeks and neck skin for many people it’s what first comes to mind when thinking of cosmetic surgery and it is assumed to require a long healing time for years face lips were viewed as an exclusive procedure done by wealthier people who didn’t mind a prolonged recovery process until they were ready to reveal their new face to the world in my practice I’ve developed strategies to help my patients have the full range of facelift procedures with minimal risk minimal downtime and quicker recovery I’m Dr. Amiya Prasad I’m a Board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon I’ve been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years during my training in facial cosmetic surgery the facelift surgery involved general anesthesia overnight hospital stay a large dressing drains a lot of swelling and weeks of not so comfortable recovery at that time I began thinking of ways to make facelifts be less difficult for patients to experience with a shorter recovery time without sacrificing the results and the longevity the first thing that contributes to longer facelet recovery is general anesthesia for many people who undergo general anesthesia recovering from the effects of general anesthesia is equal to or worse than recovering from the surgery itself side effects from general anesthesia include nausea vomiting and lightheadedness patience after having general anesthesia are often required to stay at a facility with nursing care overnight and have a large facial bandage with drains when I perform facelift surgery I use local anesthesia with LITE IV or intravenous sedation rather than general anesthesia the patient is more comfortable with a twilight-type of sedation throughout the procedure we perform surgery within our own office facilities which are certified by the Joint Commission after surgery patients only need to stay in our office for about an hour or two before returning home a light facial dressing is used without any drains basic aftercare involves putting antibiotic ointment where the sutures are placed and these sutures are removed after one week patients can return to work in about a week to two weeks after surgery the same standards for surgery ranging from limited mini lifts to extended face and neck lift surgery are applied the deeper tissue often referred to as the muscle is addressed the same way as any facelift procedure performed under general anesthesia this layer of tissue is called thus masked which stands for superficial musculo aponeurotic system I perform the full range of facelifts from short scar mini lifts to SMAS flaps and deep plane facelifts speaking of deep plane facelift it’s important not to be overly impressed by doctors claiming to perform deep plane facelift exclusively to imply that they know techniques that other surgeons don’t in fact all experienced face of surgeons are trained in all face life techniques less aggressive facelifts such as short scar face lift is not actually a shortcut procedure but it is appropriate for people who want to lift a sagging jawline but don’t have significant laxity of skin and deep tissue under the chin on the neck a deep plane facelift is actually another procedure performed by experienced facelift surgeons which involves undermining and tightening the deep tissue layers beneath the skin and thus masts the face and neck lift is a procedure typically suited for older patients who have significant laxity in the neck and under the chin so a longer incision is needed to lift the face and neck at the same time I regularly performed these more involved face and neck lifting procedures for my patients and still able to get them back to normal life in a week to two weeks another way I expedite facelift recovery is with advanced wound healing methods I apply the wound healing material extracellular matrix or Acellular matrix which consistently helps the incisions heal faster and make them virtually imperceptible even after about a month recovery time is important but recovering quickly doesn’t matter if you don’t like the results from eyelid surgery – facelifts I approach all my patients and their procedures with a natural aesthetic I believe my patients should always look like themselves after any procedure and in the case of facelifts a version of themselves which looks five to ten years younger in my practice recovery from facelift surgery is optimized by using local anesthesia with sedation efficient and meticulously performed surgery and the use of advanced wound healing technology I hope you found this information helpful thank you for your question you

8 thoughts on “How Facelift Recovery can be Faster, Without Compromising Results or Longevity

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  2. Hello Dr.! Question! Can the platysma muscles swell after a corset platysmaplasty? Two weeks after my surgery, it seems I don't have the dramatic angle I thought and was wondering if this was normal. Also, swelling under the chin by the incision, do steroid injections calm this down? What is the rate of a platysmaplasty failing or needed a revision? Thank you!! Love your videos!!!!

  3. Hi doc * I had surgery last week today is 10 day but my sides still numb and swelling on my eyes is it normal or need steroids and plz do let me know how much time to recover more. Thx

  4. I am researching the benefits of a general vs local and must admit I am scared of being awake but feeling complete numbness of the mouth, eg not being able to swallow, or feel my tongue, when using sedation and local for a SMAS/necklift. Has any patient ever experienced this frightening phenomena?

  5. Thanks for the video. My question is on recovery time. I had a facelift few years ago. Surgeon assured me it was an "SMAS" facelift . Lot of excess skin was removed. Had it under general anesthesia (surgeon told me it was pretty long procedure. IIRC, he said ~2 hours) and was released from the hospital the next morning. My recovery time was very short. Was out walking and driving within 2 days. No problems. Bit swelling around cheeks but nobody really noticed. Wore a face bandage for about 1-2 days I think. IIRC, about 8 stitches behind each ear which were removed about a week later… Does this short recovery suggest that I did not have a "full strength" facelift? In other words, a true full strength SMAS facelift should result in longer recovery time.

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